The Official Newsletter of The National Defense Transportation Association

April 15, 2024

SFPC Meeting

Capt. Jennifer Stockwell, USCG, Commander, Virginia Sector to Lead SFPC Panel

SFPC, brought to you by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) and Christopher Newport University’s Center for American Studies (CAS), offers an unparalleled educational and networking experience. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with experienced government and industry attendees at insightful panel sessions and interact with exhibitors. The 2024 SFPC theme, Ready Now – Contested Joint Force Deployments to & through Strategic Ports, promises to provide a deeper understanding of our current defense landscape. [….READ MORE…]

Transcom Commander Testifies on Top Readiness Concerns

By Jim Garamone, DOD News

Sealift and aerial refueling capabilities are top readiness concerns for U.S. Transportation Command, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 12. Van Ovost leads Transcom, which is responsible for, arguably, the U.S. military’s greatest asymmetric advantage — the ability to get troops anywhere in the world and supply them. Transcom works with other combatant commands to ensure U.S. service members can accomplish their missions worldwide. […READ MORE…]


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Department of Defense Releases the Updated Strategic Management Plan for Fiscal Years 2022 – 2026

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen H. Hicks has approved the updated Fiscal Years 2022 – 2026 DoD Strategic Management Plan (SMP). The SMP serves as the Department of Defense’s strategic framework to manage strategic priorities and goals in support of the 2022 National Defense Strategy. It focuses on building enduring advantages and addressing institutional management priorities by using data-analytics to enhance oversight and reform efforts.  […READ MORE…]

Travel Compliance: REAL ID – You’ll Need It to Fly

Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver’s licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards and prohibits certain federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. […READ MORE…]

Editor’s Picks

The State of Defense 2024

(Defense One)  Defense One is proud to present State of Defense 2024, a service-by-service look at how the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Space Force are modernizing and positioning for the year ahead. 

Marines Work with New Ships, Interceptors and Drone Platforms

(Marine Times)  The Marine Corps seeks to purchase eight new ships over the next five years, in the current budget proposal, to move littoral regiments around islands in the Pacific as it aims to counter the Chinese military.

Transformative AI for the Modern Maritime Industry

(gCaptain)  Companies today are progressively embracing proven artificial intelligence technology to transform their productivity and competitiveness—and maritime is well-positioned to leverage the power of AI.

IEA Warns Attacks on Russia Plants May Disrupt Diesel Market

(Transport Topics)  Ukrainian drones have ramped up attacks on Russia’s oil industry this year in an attempt to disrupt fuel supplies to the military and curb the Kremlin’s revenue. But, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns the flurry of attacks risks disrupting the global fuel market for petroleum products.

Great Power Competition Will Drive Irregular Conflicts

(War on the Rocks)  If the United States is drawn into a new war in the next few years, what will that look like? The Department of Defense is overwhelmingly emphasizing preparing for conventional warfare with China or Russia. This is a risky strategy in one key respect: Historically, irregular warfare has been a major part of great-power competition.

Thank You Corporate Member

Please join us in welcoming NDTA’s newest Chairman’s Circle member Federated Maritime, LLC!

Deloitte Expands Strategic Alliance With Intel to Help Enterprises Optimize Artificial Intelligence and Generative AI Capabilities 

(Deloitte)  Deloitte and Intel announced today a major expansion of their alliance to help enterprises around the world deploy their AI solutions cost efficiently with the latest hardware and software optimizations.

Bennett Family of Companies Launches 50th Anniversary Celebration

(The Bennet Family of Companies)  The Bennett Family of Companies proudly announced the launch of its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Truckload Carriers Association Truckload2024 conference, commemorating half a century of Faith, Family and Freight in the transportation and logistics industry from 1974-2024.

Exploring Specialized Air Cargo Services: Types & Benefits

(Chapman Freeborn)  Have you noticed how the demand for efficient transportation of goods has been rising more rapidly than ever before? Specialized cargo air charter services have emerged as a vital component in meeting this demand, offering tailored solutions for the swift and secure transportation of high-value goods, precious cargo, and everything in between.

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